Magazine article American Forests

Climate Change: It's Official

Magazine article American Forests

Climate Change: It's Official

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Amid email scandals and obviously changing weather patterns, a great many people are still asking the question: Is climate change real? In May, two years after a request from Congress for more information on climate change, the National Academy of Sciences released three reports confirming once and for all that climate change is a scientific fact, and that it will have effects on our planet to which we will be forced to adapt.

Different aspects of the issue are addressed in each report."Advancing the Science of Climate Change" addresses the science and research aspects of determining the nature of climate change and its causes. The report concludes that "Climate change is occurring, is caused largely by human activities, and posts significant risks for - and in many cases is already affecting - a broad range of human and natural systems." It also recommends that a government program be established to continue research into the causes of climate change and the ways we might respond to it.

The second report, "Limiting the Magnitude of Future Climate Change," states that we need to take actions to prevent the damage from being even worse in the future - actions far beyond those we are already taking. …

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